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Switzerland: JUNE 9 VOTE: Asylum and cabinet reforms set for clear verdict

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch May 29, 2013 – 17:01 A reform aimed at tightening asylum laws is poised for approval at the ballot box next month, but a rightwing proposal…

Switzerland denies Saudi sheikh entry for 5 years

JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Monday 27 May 2013 Saudi Sheikh Mohammad Al-Arifi has been banned again from entering Switzerland and all European Union countries, according to a Swiss official. Jourg Walban,…

Swiss politics: The big bad foreigner in poster art

by Daniele Mariani, swissinfo.ch May 24, 2013 – 11:00 First it was Bolsheviks and Jews. Then it was migrant workers from Southern Europe. Now it’s more exotic newcomers such as…

NEW LIVES: Resettling the vulnerable who cannot go home

by Simon Bradley in Lebanon, swissinfo.ch May 22, 2013 – 11:01 Resettlement in the West for the most vulnerable of the more than 1.5 million people who have fled Syria…

Illegal money: Swiss Cabinet drafts unique law on dictators’ assets

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch May 22, 2013 – 18:15 Cabinet has presented a draft bill setting the rules for the freezing and restoring assets obtained illegally by foreign dictators and…

Switzerland: Alcohol abuse linked to domestic violence

Epigraph: O ye who believe! wine and the game of hazard and idols and divining arrows are only an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So shun each one of them that you may…

Neither war nor peace: Battle begins against drones and killer robots

by Frédéric Burnand in Geneva, swissinfo.ch May 20, 2013 – 11:01 The intensive use of drones by the Obama administration is feeding a wave of protest and criticism which reaches…

Human rights ruling: Swiss ordered to define assisted suicide laws

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Switzerland to clarify whether and under what conditions individuals not suffering from terminal illnesses should be helped to end their own lives…

ROCKS ON A ROLL : Huge colourless diamond goes for record (or should we call it: Picture of the Day?)

A pear-shaped colourless diamond – the largest ever offered at auction – has sold for a record CHF25.9 million ($26.7 million) in Geneva, where records were also set for the…

Atypically Saudi: Haifaa al-Mansour, a woman’s voice from Arabia

by Islah Bakhat, swissinfo.ch May 14, 2013 – 11:00 Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour has won worldwide acclaim for her first feature film, Wadjda, filmed in her home country. Al-Mansour, who…

Islam in Switzerland: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at concluded Book exhibition and lecture series in Schaffhausen

Commencing on 20th February 2013 in Schaffhausen City Library Jamaat Ahmadiyya Switzerland held a very informative Islam and Koran exhibition which ran for five weeks until 28 March 2013. The…

TRADE VS HUMAN RIGHTS – Business is anything but usual with Saudi Arabia

by Peter Siegenthaler, swissinfo.ch May 14, 2013 – 11:00 Saudi Arabia, a key player in the conflict in Syria, is an important Swiss trade partner but it regularly makes headlines…

Switzerland: “Corpses” protest against asylum reform

Two teenagers and a dog inspect protestors wrapped in plastic bags in central Lausanne on May 13. The flash action was organised by a group in canton Vaud which is…

Conflict resolution: Negotiating the “crowded field” of mediation

by Luigi Jorio, swissinfo.ch May 10, 2013 – 11:00 Most armed conflicts are resolved not by force but at the negotiating table. However, the growing number of mediation actors seen…

Switzerland: COURT DECISION: Muslim Teens not exempt from Swimming lessons

May 10, 2013 – 21:25 Integration of foreigners is more important than their religious beliefs, Switzerland’s highest court ruled on Friday. The court denied a 14-year-old girl from a strict…

Swiss Government report finds Muslims well-integrated

A joint cantonal and governmental report conducted in the wake of the 2009 minaret ban finds that most Muslims in Switzerland are well-integrated and don’t generally experience problems related to…

Swiss-based Anne Frank Fund compares rival Dutch Foundation to Nazis in bitter dispute over family archive

Yves Kugelmann says ‘it’s a matter of fact’ that a Dutch institution is again trying to seize the family’s possessions STEVE ANDERSON THE INDPENDENT UK A bitter row between two…

New WTO leader faces rough road ahead

by Veronica DeVore, swissinfo.ch May 8, 2013 – 17:08 Brazil’s Roberto Azavedo, announced as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, is a savvy “dealmaker” but will…